Marshall University Head Football Coach Mark Snyder named Bob Fello as the Thundering Herd's defensive line coach in February of 2009.
"I am excited to have Bob join our coaching staff," Snyder said. "He is a veteran coach and I have known of him and the players he has coached for a long time. He is a great addition to our coaching staff."
Fello has more than 34 years of football experience (as a coach, scout, teacher and administrator), and comes to Marshall after spending the last four seasons at The Citadel, the last three as assistant head coach. Prior to the Citadel, Fello spent a year at the Big XII Conference office where he assisted with game day operations and coordinated the evaluation of the conference's officials.
"I competed against Marshall as a player at Kent State and watching where the program has gone since the tragedy in 1970 is simply amazing," Fello said. "I am very excited to be a part of a tradition-rich program and work for a head coach the caliber of Coach Snyder. I have a great deal of respect for Coach Snyder, Rick Minter, John Shannon and Mike Cassity. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a wonderful staff and continue to grow professionally."
During his tenure at The Citadel, Fello oversaw special teams. The Bulldogs produced the #1 punt returner in the FCS this past season in All-American Andre Roberts. The Citadel finished the season as the top ranked punt return team in the nation (FCS) and the 13th-ranked squad for net punting.
Fello has coached in four bowl games and has coached prominent players such as Dana Stubblefield who won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, Gilbert Brown who won a the Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers, Don Davis who won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams and Darren Howard, a No. 1 draft pick for the New Orleans Saints.
Before joining the Big XII staff, Fello spent two seasons, 2002-04, as the assistant head coach at SMU. While coaching at SMU, he coached the defensive line and coordinated the Mustangs' punt return and punt block schemes. His punt return unit set several single game and season records and was ranked third in the NCAA. From 1999 to 2001, Fello was the defensive line coach at Kansas State University under head coach Bill Snyder. He also assisted with special teams while coaching the Wildcats to the 2001 Cotton Bowl, 2001 Insight.com Bowl and 1999 Holiday Bowl.
During his tenure at K-State, Fello helped the Wildcats achieve a total defense national ranking of fourth in 2001. Both starting defensive ends, Monty Beisel and Chris Johnson, recorded at least 10 sacks and earned All-Big XII honors that season. He also helped Kansas State to a second-place mark in the nation in total defense in 1999. While coaching the 2000 K-State punt return team, which consisted of two-time All-American David Allen (1998, 1999) and All-American Aaron Lockett, Fello led them to a No. 1 ranking in punt return average. Fello also coached Darren Howard, KSU's career sack leader and Big XII sack leader.
Preceding his three years at KSU, Fello was the defensive and recruiting coordinator at James Madison University from 1998-99. Coaching under head coach Alex Wood, Fello also concentrated his efforts in the Dukes' secondary. There he coached All-American Tony Booth who went on to play for the Carolina Panthers. Fello also spent time at Texas Christian University assisting Horned Frogs Head Coach Pat Sullivan. From 1995-97, he was the special teams coordinator and the defensive line coach at TCU. The Horned Frogs' 1995 squad was ranked in the top-20 in every special teams category. Fello coached Lou Groza Award winner Mike Reeder during that time.
He began his coaching career at Kent State University as a graduate assistant coach, but progressed up the chain of command from linebackers' coach to defensive coordinator to recruiting coordinator from 1976-87.
Following his stint at Kent State, Fello was with head coach Glen Mason at the University of Kansas from 1988-94. For the first four years on the Jayhawks' staff, Fello coached the outside linebackers and was their clinic coordinator. But from 1991-94, Fello served as the team's defensive leader as well as the tackles and linebackers coach. While at Kansas, Fello's defense led the Jayhawks to a 1992 Aloha Bowl victory over BYU.
Before entering into the coaching profession, Fello was a three-year starter for legendary coach Don James at Kent State where he earned a bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation in 1974. Fello was born in Baton Rouge, La. He, and his wife Rona, currently reside in Charleston, S.C.